Work in the rural areas or face action: MMC to doctors
The Public Health Department of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) is making attempts to improve health conditions in rural parts of the State
Mumbai: The Public Health Department of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) is making attempts to improve health conditions in rural parts of the State. The doctors, who do not join their allotted workplace when transferred to rural areas, will have to face action against them by MMC.
Despite giving facilities like handsome salary, residency and other amenities, doctors reject to move to the rural areas. According to Health Department’s statistics, currently positions for 1,190 medical officers are vacant. The Health Department is trying hard to fill these vacancies. Due to scarcity of doctors in rural areas, people have to go to the private clinics or travel all the way to urban hospitals for treatment. The department is receiving constant complaints about unavailability of doctors in primary medical centers and sub district hospitals.
In response to this department had sent notices to the doctors who were transferred to rural areas and did not report to the department about their joining. 304 doctors informed department about their joining after this notice.
The doctors were reluctant to join in rural areas even after issuing ‘show cause’ and ‘warning’ notices to them. But now they will join at least with the threat of ‘strong action’ against them, as medical council has records of every doctor transferred to rural areas, informed a senior officer of the department.
“The issues of doctors who reject to join will be analyzed and strong action will be taken on offenders.” Dr Kishor Tawari, President, Maharashtra Medical Council